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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 14, 2012 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Mandojammer and Charlie Miller thinking about doing a few Taper Compendium drills

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December 15, 2010 - posted by Mandojammer

"Went to see The Heavy Pets at the Jewish Mother Backstage in Norfolk last night. And of course to meet the inimitable, epic, heroic, Nobelian Charlie Miller. The Pets put on a great show - go see them.

We are all familiar with Charlie's work and his expertise bringing dead, dull Dead tapes back to life. You should see/hear the Maestro set up sound for a band. The sound was perfect and the show was outstanding. I hope Charlie hangs the show up soon.

And then, surprise, surprise, another renowned IA contributor comes strolling in - Joe B. (as in Billerbeck) Jones - down from Williamsburg. All in all a great night of music and conversation.
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January 04, 2012 - posted by Charlie Miller

"I started taping in 1978 but didn't tape the GD till Spring 83. Some of my best stories come from sneaking gear into JGB shows between 89 - 92. They were multitracking those shows and taping was tough.

Hey Monte, we should interview each other. Something like us talking about taping stories and posting an mp3 of the conversation.

I talk with Menke every now and then, and have spoke with Bill Gadsden often, very nice guy. Jim Wise has some great taping stories, as does my good friend Bob Wagner.
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Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet — "The Possibilities are Endless"

I will sign up today. Who wants a job? The positions below are suggestions of mine. Anyone who is qualified, willing, and able is welcome to join. Everything is up for grabs. I am totally not in charge of anything, not even close. I have a roadmap. I'm an inside-player. I can connect the dots. I was just saying, You cannot mix Academics and Trolls. I'm not going to bother anyone else after this. I apologize for bumping and editing our thread.

Theoretical Roster

Robthewordsmith: Author, Admin
Blue Devil: Assignment Editor, Admin
Light into Ashes: Chief investigative correspondent, Admin
Charlie Miller: Taper-in-Chief of bringing Tapers to the Table, Admin
Cliff: VP in Charge of Notebooks, Admin
Kochman: Storyteller in Charge, Admin
Skobud and Rastamon: Chiefs of Security, Admins
High Flow: Executive in Charge of Conflict Resolution, Admin
Ghostofpig: Executive Director, Admin
Arbuthnot: Communications Director, Admin
He Live's: Featured Essayist, Admin
Hunter Seamons: Tapers and Matrixing, Admin
Monte Barry: Executive producer, Compendium Librarian, tech support, Admin
William Tell: The Archive's GD Ambassador, Admin
Althea Rose Mandojammer: PR Director, President, CEO, Admin in Charge


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Poster: JackDog Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Just to throw in my two cents worth, I prefer written histories to recorded interviews and I'd like this Compendium to be as technically complete as possible. I'd like tapers to write down everything that they did in the old days from beginning to end, as if we had gone back in time and they were teaching me how to tape in 1970 (or whenever). Don't assume that any detail is too insignificant or unimportant. I love what Monty did with his RFK '73 page, going into great detail and showing pictures of the equipment used.

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Poster: utopian Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Do you have anything in the mail room or janitorial?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

I'll paint the Compendium and load/keep the equipment safe. Will accept payment in budz per hour - lol

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Poster: utopian Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Bph? If your a ras that may, or may not be not fiscally feasible.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

i don't know why u would say that..

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Hey Monte - Can you explain a little more about this? Im game for whatever, but what I cannot tell is who is sponsoring this. In that I mean is this done here or on GD site or where? Is it going to be an all new Compendium?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 16, 2012 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Skobud, Security is the hardest job. I was thinking we need some very sharp people to make sure we keep Trolls away from Staff, Tapers, Engineers, Bands, Artists, Guests, Patrons, and The Archive. They need security. We need at least two people to run security. It's way more than any one person can handle. Everything really seems to come down to security. Personally, I am clueless. (A viable Commercial option might be possible?)

If you can secure any workable arrangement(s), you're welcome to sponsor this. The Archive might be the "best sponsor" for a Taper's Compendium. If that were the case, The Archive should be granted the credit for that. A "workable arrangement" must be "secured" for everyone involved. (Is this possible?)

I don't have a problem if Kochman wants to be the lead storyteller. He seems to enjoy it, and some of his stuff was pretty good. Someone needs to be in charge of Story Telling. If you look on The Panel, notice how Kochman is surrounded and cornered by Cliff, you, and Rastamon. The storyteller gets One Panel Vote, same as everyone else. Final say goes to The President. Ghost of Pig can be in charge if he wants, Directing. Someone needs to be Director.

We will require a very good Communications Director. This is the most important job.

The easiest way (for me) to do this (without a budget) is to use The Archive. The best way I can think of doing that is to write The Archive once we have our Game Plan. It takes 50 Items to get a New Collection going on The Archive. I have just demonstrated to everyone that we already have way, way more than 50 "Taper Items" floating around on The Archive right now. They just need to be reorganized into a Compendium. Countless photos and tapes are floating around the internet. We can come up with hundreds of items for a Taper's Compendium Collection to be created on The Archive, easily, if we decided. The Archive is a free Repository. They're able to host a free Taper's Compendium Collection, a free Taper's Compendium Forum, and we can Administrate all of it. The Archive's Terms of Use need to be considered very carefully. We have a Troll Problem.

We probably need to deal with some legal issues, such as Rights, Permissions, Copyrights, Releases, Waivers, Intellectual Property, and these kinds of things. (Blue Devil, for example) The Taper Compendium Project's multi-media archives will include OLD content, and NEW content. I've created a few Compendium models and Taper templates in this thread. Imagine the possibilities.

What about creating a new online Taper's Compendium by combining private web sites, The Archive, and Social Networking sites?

Charlie Miller on FaceBook
Monte The-Taper on FaceBook
Bluegrass Alliance Tribute on MySpace
Monte's Newgrass Taper story on Planet Bluegrass
Monte's GD Taper story on The Archive

Is it too much to ask, that I wanted to bring our Bluegrass Hotel story to The Taper's Compendium table? Music lovers and scholars all around the world would love to know about our Newgrass Music history, and some of the incredible jams that I was Taping inside those cavernous rooms at Bickel's place. I taped live music all over Louisville. People need to get back to me about this, otherwise this will never come to fruition.

Harry Bickel's place is The Bluegrass Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

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Tony Rice, Curtis Burch, Dan Crary, J.D. Crowe, John Cowan, Sam Bush
• Dec 14, 2008 - Bickel's place - The Bluegrass Hotel was a place that made Newgrass history
• boarding house for musicians, jamming studio for musicians, professional instrument repair shop
• taper, soundman, and broadcast engineer Monte Barry lived on the 2nd floor from 1975 to 1977
• photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kramer and the WFPL archives

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 16, 2012 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

"Is it too much to ask, that I wanted to bring our Bluegrass Hotel story to The Taper's Compendium table? ....... People need to get back to me about this, otherwise this will never come to fruition."

It is not too much to ask. Please leave it on the table. I find the story very interesting and I'm sure many others do as well. It's a great little nugget in the careers of some legendary musicians.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Skobud and Rastamon: Chiefs of Security, Admins

uhh...thanks BUT,
I'll defer to and recommend direwolf0701, I could only be in charge of Insecurity.

I think Monte is havin fun with this list

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 12, 2012 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Hey Monte like what you do here and find your information on Alembic, taping etc.... very informative. Thanks.... I always liked this story from Skeleton Key on front of board taping. It is taken from a letter from Clay Brennecke to taper Jeff Silbermanon the F.O.B. spirit:
Blessed brother,take up electronic arms, and like a mighty vacuam cleaner, suck up all there is. Twenty years from now, when you are scraping to remember what is was like, or when your grandchildren come across the curious chest of immortality in your attic into which your life's blood and vigor have been poured, you will answer their youthful questions by saying, "Thank God I recorded EVERYTHING I possibly could, and had big enough balls to dispel my fears and run spread omnis with a kamikazie-buccaneer mentality, for every show which I do not push myself to record is a world less complete."
Upon your proclamation ,your family will have had any doubts removed as to the serious of your senility. But you will know the truth.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 11, 2012 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Thanks for the nice thought, Monte; some might bristle at my lack of listening time post 71, but I've never stopped being a PR man for the DEAD.

Flow would suggest I've spent too much time spreading CREAM (ahem...SDH?) around, but really, it's always been about the DEAD.

So, I think you have me pegged; and wise choice to have Rosey in charge (Flow--you should know that she's just been won over to the Dark Side, with Jack Bruce and friends...you just can't stop CREAM...and yes, I had to really work on this to avoid it really reading poorly, or to SDH's liking, take your pick).

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 11, 2012 1:22pm
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By the time I got to the end of that bob-and-weave maneuver you just wrote, I was sure it was going end with......wait for it....."take your prick". Sadly, I was wrong. You played it straight all the way through. Poor SDH. No innuendo for the old boy.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 11, 2012 6:37pm
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Ha! Yeah, I had to really work hard to avoid CREAM ending up in all the wrong places (see? it happened again!?), grammatically speaking...esp since I was putting in a good word for Rose.

Seriously, though--Monte has you fig'd as well, don't ya think? Good call.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 15, 2012 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

My appointment to that position is appropriate. However, I prefer to use the traditional job title....Summer Camp Counselor. While I appreciate the highfalutin title, I still prefer to call a garbage man a garbage man.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 14, 2012 8:15am
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Hey, it's not cool to edit your way to the top, and I know this is not your first rodeo. Start a new thread. Please, don't stomp on the threads below you (O.K. one stomp). Maybe most of the other folks feel their threads are just as important as yours.

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Poster: boltman Date: Jan 11, 2012 3:08pm
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As a 30-year educator, I am happy to edit!

Although, I wish I was a 30-year old with education...deep sigh.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

I say Rob heads up Security. Can't think of anyone who is more, ah, "enthusiastic" in his defense of this place against those who would seek to do us harm with sheer stupidity, outright hostility or sexual perversions. After all, we must do whatever is necessary to protect our precious bodily fluids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KvgtEnABY

(clicking the above link will not result in your name appearing on a certain list that would prevent you from approaching a school zone closer then 500 yards)



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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Just to clear up any potential confusion, are you saying I defend the place against sheer stupidity, outright hostility and sexual perversions, or that sheer stupidity, outright hostility and sexual perversions are my weapons of choice?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:18am
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Yes

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 11, 2012 10:53am
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Once again SDH.....the sight of your post has resulted in audible laughter.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:19am
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That's what I thought.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:40am
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Fight fire with fire, I always say.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 11, 2012 12:27pm
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Does the Taper's Compendium have a Navy? More specifically, a submarine that needs to be operated?

I am also proficient with raised bed square foot gardening, permaculture, solar power, small arms, long guns, torpedoes and nuclear weapons.

I fear I may be left out............

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 23, 2012 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

I have produced a prototype model of a Taper's Compendium for The Archive. Thank You to Charlie Miller, The Tapers, The Archive, and eTree.

The Archive rolled out a new Embedded video/audio Flow Player on Jan 18, 2012. Here is The Archive's technical discussion thread for the new flow player. Some really nice features:
• a more robust player than the current one
• better sharing to Facebook and Twitter (which works for off-site embed codes)
• better and richer "embed" codes, (using iframes) that work on iOS and non-flash devices
• ability to embed playlists off-site
• fullscreen for many browses for off-site embedded archive videos

Here is one of my Taper Compendium hybrids for you. The Archive's embedded Flow Player is the key component.

This web page rendering is based upon my concepts, templates, and layouts. The taper profile demo is a profile of myself. This hybrid model was developed, designed, created, and produced by Monte Barry over the past four years.

• photos were added, and italicized notations were made, by Monte Barry on Jan 22, 2012
• this document, and all its hyperlinked files, are for Research Purposes ONLY

Harry Bickel's place is the Bluegrass Hotel – Newgrass turns 40

John Lawless | February 18, 2009 | Bluegrass Today dot com article

Another major benefit concert is scheduled for March 20, 2009 in Louisville, KY. The show is intended to mark 2009 as the 40th anniversary of newgrass music, and the crucial role that Louisville played in its birth and development.

In fact there is much more than just a concert in store for the Ruby celebrations. A documentary DVD, audio CD/LP and a coffee table book are all scheduled for a fall ’09 release centered around The Bluegrass Hotel, an informal bluegrass rooming house for L’ville grassers in the 1970s.

The Hotel is a large Victorian-era home in the Cherokee Park neighborhood, not far from downtown Louisville. The house is and was then owned by Harry Bickel, who offered rooms at attractive rates to bluegrass musicians in the area.

One of those who stayed there in the ’70s was Bill Millet, former banjo picker with The Bluegrass Alliance who works now as a music producer. In addition to touring widely, this group served as an internship for young, progressive bluegrass pickers at that time. Other members during that period include Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Vince Gill, Curtis Burch and Courtney Johnson. [Sam Bush and Tony Rice are filmed playing together in this YouTube clip of Bluegrass Alliance band in 1971.]

In fact, Newgrass Revival got its start [in 1971] when the four original members (Bush, Johnson, Burch and Ebo Walker) left Bluegrass Alliance to launch the Revival after a simmering feud developed between the four of them and band leader Lonnie Peerce. [The Newgrass Revival were based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.]

Bill Millet grew up in Texas, but found himself living in Louisville when he took the Alliance gig:

“I was the first resident of The Bluegrass Hotel in 1975."

"Harry Bickel bought his huge house in 1975 and initially needed boarders to offset expenses. They were mostly comprised of members of The Bluegrass Alliance and other related pickers that Harry knew and trusted. Harry Sparks had an instrument repair shop set up in the basement which attracted Sam Bush, J.D. Crowe and others, because Sparky was their luthier/repairman of choice.”

Doc Hamilton, Sparky (Harry Sparks), Harry Bickel
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(Looks like the day I moved in there in 1975) - photo provided by Bill Millet

[Doc Hamilton was the 2nd resident in 1975. Monte Barry was the 3rd resident in 1975. Monte had been working as a soundman for the Country Comfort bluegrass band in northeast Tennessee. Monte Barry was the taper and soundman at Bickel's place. He was the soundman for the Bluegrass Alliance and Lazy River bands. Monte was also working as a videotape operator at a TV station in Louisville.]

[Vince Gill was the 4th resident in 1975. Vince moved into Bickel's place when he took Millet's invitation to join The Bluegrass Alliance. Vince Gill replaced Bluegrass Alliance's outgoing Glenn Lawson. Glen joined J.D. Crowe's bluegrass band, also based out of Kentucky.]

[Several months later Ricky Skaggs formed a Newgrass band named Boone Creek. Jerry Douglas joined the band. They were based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Vince Gill left Bluegrass Alliance and joined Boone Creek. Soon after, Boone Creek went to Nashville and recorded their first album. Then Boone Creek came home to Kentucky. Newgrass Music lovers in Louisville were treated to Boone Creek's album debut performances. They played several weekday-nights in a row at The Holiday Inn in Louisville. Monte Barry and several Bluegrass Alliance pickers showed up early together at Boone Creek's first Holiday Inn show.]

[Monte Barry asked Ricky Skaggs for a soundboard feed and permission to tape record their Boone Creek performance. Ricky Skaggs plugged my tape deck into his SBD.]

[Note that Cindy Baucom has given permission for my Boone Creek tapes to be circulated. She makes this declaration in her Review.]

[Vince Gill left Boone Creek a few months later and rejoined Bluegrass Alliance. Monte Barry and Vince Gill were roommates together at one point. They shared their own apartment together nearby Bickel's place.]

Bill recalls paying $45 each month, plus a share of utilities for his room. Other notable pickers who stayed during the 70s include Tony Rice, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Tony Williamson, and Jack Lawrence.

The home is now a private residence, as Harry’s wife Ann chased off all the pickers when they married in 1981.

When the 40th anniversary of newgrass drew near in 2008, [and after Monte Barry had contacted John Jump and Bill Millet in early 2008] Millet and others started the preparations to mark the milestone. Footage was shot in Nashville during IBMA 2008 of the various Bluegrass Hotel alumni recalling stories of their time in Louisville, and some impromptu jamming. Plans were laid for the March 2009 concert in Louisville at The Galt House – the former home of the annual IBMA convention on “the banks of the Ohio.”

Belle of Louisville - next to The Galt House - Dec 14, 2008
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Bluegrass Hotel All Stars - photo provided by Bill Millet
L to R: [cameraman] Tony Rice, John Cowan, Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, J.D. Crowe, Dan Crary

This concert will also be filmed for the DVD, co-produced with Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

The March 20, 2009 concert is open to the public, and will be centered on an all-star band performance featuring Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, John Cowan, J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice and Dan Crary. A great many former members of Newgrass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance will also make appearances on the show, including Danny Jones, Buddy Spurlock, Tony Williamson, Jack Lawrence, Al White, Harry Bickel, Steve Cooley, Glenn Lawson, Marshall Billingsley, Chuck Nation, Bob Briedenbach, Thayne Bradford, Danny Wiley, Keith and Darrell Sanson, Bill Millet, John Jump, Robert Pool, Marty Townsend, Dennis White, and others.

All proceeds from the concert will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Special package rates are available through February 20 for tickets and accommodations at The Galt House.

Following the concert, Millet and fellow former Alliance member and Bluegrass Hotel resident John Jump will produce an audio CD with the all-star hotel pickers. Details are scant at this time, but Bill says that it will consist of new songs written by John Cowan, Dan Crary, J.D. Crowe, Sam Bush and Curtis Burch.

Jump is also a successful record producer and former exec at MCA. Sam Bush will also be a co-producer. The recording will be released on a Universal Music Group imprint.

Both the finished CD/LP and the concert DVD are expected to hit during this year’s IBMA World Of Bluegrass convention in Nashville (9/28-10/4). As will a coffee table book written by Harry Bickel, who has also compiled photos from the years he ran his rooming house.

[To the best of my knowledge, nothing from The Bluegrass Hotel has been publicly released. Someone released this short YouTube clip showing HD video of the Bluegrass Hotel all-stars performing Some Ole Day at the Rudyard Kipling club on Dec 14, 2008.]

WFPL interview by Elizabeth Kramer

Harry Bickel was interviewed in December 2008 by Elizabeth Kramer of WFPL, Lousiville’s NPR station:

[Narrator speaking] "In the 1970s, America was swept up in a counterculture movement — and so was Bluegrass music. The epicenter for that music was in Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle neighborhood and now it’s the subject of a new documentary. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports."

This 100-year-old, Victorian, red-brick mansion with its small porch and bay windows is on a quiet street next to Cave Hill Cemetery. It’s a fairly unassuming home today. But during the 1970s, it was the Bluegrass Hotel.

"When I bought the house in 1975 and guys from the Bluegrass Alliance started living here, then this became the center of the whole thing," says Harry Bickel, a Bluegrass fan and banjo player.

The Bluegrass Alliance in 1975 L to R - photo provided by Bill Millet
Bill Millet (banjo, guitar)
Vince Gill (guitar, dobro)
Lonnie Peerce (fiddle)
Al White (mandolin)
Marshall Billingsly (bass)

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(Glenn Lawson had just left Bluegrass Alliance, going to J.D. Crowe's band. Vince Gill replaced him.)


He owns the house, and “the thing” he’s talking about is a time when something called “New Grass” music was taking root. The Bluegrass Hotel was an informal boarding house for musicians, including members of the Bluegrass Alliance, a band that helped launch the careers of Vince Gill and mandolin player Sam Bush. They’d jam in the cavernous rooms on the first-floor and in the smaller bedrooms upstairs.

“This is where guys would practice their music,” he says in an upstairs room. ”And there was a big sideboard over there, and we had all the stereo equipment there, and headphones and all that kind of stuff. So guys would sit here all day long practicing sometimes with tapes. And we’d jam up here some.”

Bickel says there were always musicians coming and going. Many paid upward of $35 a month — plus utilities. Others came with bands on tour and would crash for a few nights. There was a lot of beer flowing in those days and several eating contests involving White Castle hamburgers. Bickel says some mornings he woke up to find a dozen musicians sleeping on his living room floor.

Sam Bush says he remembers playing at the house day and night.

“To this day I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any healthier or, you know, more outgoing music scene than Louisville used to have,” Bush says.

The music scene included J.D. Crowe and the New South and rock bands NRBQ and Dusty, with Louisville native Tim Kreckel. And it influenced the music played at Bickel’s house. The musicians began adapting songs to Bluegrass from other genres. They played “Great Balls of Fire” and Paul Anka’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” Other genres also inspired New Grass Revival, a group of former Alliance members that formed in ‘71.

It was the New Grass Revival that helped introduce Bluegrass to a broader audience, says Neil Rosenberg who wrote “Bluegrass: A History.”

“They did a lot of things with their music that other people hadn’t tried in terms of arrangements and textures,” Rosenberg says. “They really brought more to the palette than had been there before. And they became role models for a lot of younger musicians.”

The music played by Bush and his cohorts — along with their long hair — caused a ruckus in the Bluegrass world. The Father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, said he would never book them at his Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. But this up and coming class of musicians were welcomed at other festivals, where they performed original songs and covers of popular hits, including the anti-war song “One Tin Soldier.”

Through the 1970s and ‘80s, the music caught on with crowds outside of Bluegrass world and with notable artists, including The Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

Through those years, Harry Bickel always welcomed them at his home.

Now, the history of the Bluegrass Hotel and its role in the birth of New Grass music is the subject of a film project with Kentucky Educational Television and PBS. Last week, producers and cameramen were in The Bluegrass Hotel filming interviews with Bickel and musicians with ties to the place. The documentary is slated to air next winter.

The Bluegrass Hotel Project will donate all the royalties from the sales of the book, DVD, CD and LP to the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund, and to establish a permanent Newgrass-era collection and exhibit.

We’ll have more about these various Bluegrass Hotel projects as the release date draws near. Details are posted on The Bluegrass Hotel web site. [At one point, Monte Barry was the web master for the Bluegrass Hotel dot com web site.]

Rudyard Kipling club - Dec 14, 2008 - photo provided by Bill Millet
L to R: Dan Crary, Sam Bush, John Cowan, J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice

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Re: my "protégé taper" and this historic performance
• Is there an AUD of this show?
• John Cowan sings Good Woman's Love - Dec 14, 2008

Reference Materials

Reference Materials for taper Monte Barry

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Monte's story taping GD shows in 1973 - an Orgy of Sound
Monte taped many hours of guitarist John Zias in 1973
Monte taping the Stoney Creek bluegrass band from New Jersey in 1974
Sam Bush Collection - LMA
John Cowan Collection - LMA
Béla Fleck and The Flecktones Collection - LMA
Monte is busted sharing Newgrass music! - Festivarian Forum, Planet Bluegrass
Lazy River Collection taped by Monte in 1976 - LMA, created by Monte Barry
Vassar Clements boxed set - middle 1970s taped by Monte - The Archive
Sam Bush boxed set - middle 1970s taped by Monte - The Archive
Vince Gill boxed set - middle 1970s taped by Monte - The Archive
Scotty's Music - 1976 Int'l Steel Guitar Convention taped by Monte - The Archive
Arabesque band Collection taped by Monte in 1980 - LMA, created by Monte Barry
Monte's Taper Handbook for The Internet Archive
Monte's "taper resume" for The Archive
Owsley "Bear" Stanley interview with David Gans on 1991-01-13

Cc: Taper Compendium doc @ Festivarian Forum - Taper Section, Planet Bluegrass

Americana is what I taped
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Monte B Cowboy

Taper Compendum appendix

a) Jerry Garcia interview taped by Greg Harrington
• Raddison Hotel, room 1503 - St. Paul, MN - July 10, 1981
• Below is their discussion about Taping - disc 1 track 9 - 1:05, MP3

Greg Harrington: "Jerry, not many bands, if any, aside from The Dead allow people in to tape record their concerts. [Jer agrees: "ah-huh"] And it's something that The Dead have always done. [Jer: "yeh"] And, what are your feelings along this line? It brings a lot of joy to a lot of people."

Jerry Garcia: "Well my feelings are the music is for the people. You know, it's like ahh... I mean after it leaves our instruments, it's of no value to us. You know what I mean? It's like, what good is it? So it might as well be taped, my feeling is. And if people enjoy taping it, and enjoy having the tapes to listen to, that's real great.

I can sympathize with it, because I used to do a lot of taping myself when I was in a Bluegrass band. I went out of my way to tape shows, and I know what that's like. And since what we do is live music, I mean that's ahh...
"

Greg Harrington: "Well I think the tapes really capture the magic of the band."

Jerry Garcia: "Well, that's what everybody says. That's why people tape, you know. So I certainly can't fight with that, you know. I don't understand why people would object, you know. That's the way I feel about it."
b) Jer's Newgrass tapes with Dawg • Muleskinner's Newgrass tapes with Dawg • 1973
Bear's tapes of DawgKCET's tapes of Dawg
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c) Tony Rice, guitarist - article by Caroline Wright
• from Listener Magazine, July/August 2002
"When Rice bursts out of a chorus with a startling run in the middle of Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins," you can hear all three musicians [Grisman, Garcia, and Rice] stop and catch their breath." — Seth Mnookin, writing about The Pizza Tapes, on Salon dot com, April 2000
Dawg • Tony • Jer
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Superpickers and Tony singing "Me and My Guitar" at The Birchmere:

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Superpickers AUD Taped by Med at The Birchmere on April 11, 1989
Source: Beyer M201s > Sony D5 > Maxell MX90 cassettes
Tony Rice - Guitar-Vocals
Sam Bush - Mandolin-Fiddle-Vocals
Béla Fleck - Banjo
Jerry Douglas - Dobro
Mark Shatz - Upright Bass
with special guest, Allison Krauss - Vocals-Fiddle
Me and My Guitar // - vbr mp3, 15:24

d) WFPL's Elizabeth Kramer interviews Harry Bickel at the Bluegrass Hotel - 4:15, MP3
• the birth of Newgrass Music is discussed
• includes telephone interview with Sam Bush
• Bickel mentions jamming and tapes
the entire interview is available at WFPL dot org's archives

e) Thomas Lofstrom's video tapes – "The Festival Tapes"
• early years, pro-video cameras shooting in Telluride, taped on one-inch VTRs

Taper Discography

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Monte Barry's Taper Discography

Grateful Dead
Wake of The Flood
June 9 & 10, 1973
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NewGrass Jam
Flying Fish Records album
April 7, 1974
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Central Park Sheiks
Honeysuckle Rose album
May 15, 1974
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Bluegrass Festival
artists taped have albums
July 20, 1974
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Vassar Clements
Hillbilly Jazz album
April 4 & 5, 1975
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Bluegrass Alliance
Kentucky Blue album
Sept 23, 1975
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Newgrass Revival
Fly Through the Country
Sept 28, 1975
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Boone Creek
artists taped have albums
March 15, 1976
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Lazy River
artists taped have albums
Vince Gill mode - 1976
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Lazy River
artists taped have albums
Mark O'Connor mode - 1976
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Steel Guitar Convention
artists taped have albums
Labor Day wknd 1976
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Lazy River
artists taped have albums
Oct 25, 1976
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Arabesque
artists taped have albums
July 31, 1980Oct 25, 1980
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Van Manakas quartet
Love Songs album debut
March 1, 1984
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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 12, 2012 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Mando, I am personally offering you the Chief Executive Officer position. Why not have a discussion with Charlie? Do your own thing. Turns out, historically speaking, I'm in the middle of what was going down, so my stake is at least the same as Charlie's, and the other tapers mentioned so far: Jerry Moore, Bob Menke, Jim Wise, Bill Gadsden, and Bob Wagner. Someone PM'd me with their Taper's Profile (pdf files), and I sent it to Charlie. There's a lot of music, musicians, bands, and tapes that are involved. It's Huge.

In early 2008 I contacted some musicians I hadn't seen since 1977. I was seeking their permission as former soundman and friends to circulate my old tape recordings of their live music on The Archive.

By Dec 14, 2008, all of us were gathered together in Louisville, KY. We were at Bickel's place. Many of us lived together there as roommates in 1975, 1976, and 1977. It was a musician's jamming house. They had a repair shop set up in the basement for fixing musical instruments. They were extremely good at repairing priceless instruments. Some of the best players around were visiting there to maintain their instruments back in those days. I was the resident hippie living there, also being their taper, soundman, and I was working as a videotape operator at a local TV station in Louisville.

People gathered at Bickel's from all over the country on this December weekend in 2008. They brought friends and family. A commercial producer had made arrangements for a lot of stuff. He arranged for a special concert performance by these musicians in Nashville a few months earlier at IBMA. A coffee table book was being put together. Films were being shot on location to make a docmentary project scheduled to go to air on PBS. And a companion DVD was coming out with that.

At Bickel's place, we had several film crews shooting and documenting the scene we were recreating there from the mid-1970s. We had 100 people there. We were shooting HD video on 3 floors. We had a recording studio set up on the 2nd floor. One-on-one interviews were being filmed on this set. I was on the set on the 1st floor. We had a musician jamming circle set up, just like the old days. Musicians were rotating in and playing, jamming, having fun, and entertaining everyone. I was the engineer-in-charge. I had a vintage 2 track reel-to-reel tape deck set up, a mixing console, mics, and I was taping the jams. We were being filmed in HD. We filmed scenes in the basement's instrument repair shop, including interviews with the repairmen.

After working all day non-stop at Bickel's place, we take The Bluegrass Hotel All Stars downtown to Rudyard Kipling Club, and do a blockbuster concert. It was a big hit.

Next thing, a festival gets created for this in Louisville for March 2009. An All-Star Concert with Special Guests is announced and promoted. Tickets get sold. But, waivers and releases were never were covered, signed, and arranged properly by The Producer, as I understand it. It all fell apart. Nothing was ever released. Sound familiar?

The Bluegrass Hotel All Stars - Some Ole Day YouTube clip
Rudyard Kipling Club - Louisville, KY - Dec.14, 2008
• featuring Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Curtis Burch, J.D. Crowe, and John Cown.

our Bluegrass Hotel project "money shot" pic - Bickel's front porch - Dec 14,2008
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Tony Rice, Curtis Burch, Dan Crary, J.D. Crowe, John Cowan, Sam Bush
photo provided by Bill Millet

Then I started putting together my own taper's handbook here The Archive. The rest is history. Nothing from the Bluegrass Hotel project has ever been released. Since then, Jerry Moore and Owsley have passed away. Also, John Cowan has stopped playing at TBF due to performing instead with The Doobie Brothers; and Sam Bush has granted permission for a Sam Bush Band Collection on the LMA.

Tapers like myself still have our Master Tapes and our Taping Equipment. It's worth something. If all us Tapers got together, is that worth something?

Bickel's place gathering of us taken after filming was finished on Dec 14, 2008
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photo provided by Bill Millet

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 12, 2012 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taper's Compendium Panel sign-up sheet

Monte, now this is a fine post and down to earth! A few in the past day's seemed a bit paranoid - just sayin.

Any trolls are best ignored, they have no power other than you allow them to have, especially in real life. These are tough economic times and things can get crazy, inner balance, exercise, healthy diet and vitamin D is a good thing - lol

Btw, Mando's above post IS very funny - at least to me.
On a hijack note, a Facebook friend of mine was deeply involved with the late 60's SF music scene and recently told me he got the SB of Creams 10/4/68 Show. This is part of his recent FB PM to me concerning that show >>

..."The "I'm So Glad" is complete, with them saying "Thank you" at the end of the song. I originally got this on a cassette, and I transferred it to a disc. I did some EQ and Re-mastered it. I think the recording is in excellent quality. If you still want a copy give me your address, and will send it soon. I also have the original (direct tape transfer - non CD version) recording I did on Hendrix, Oakland Coliseum 69"

I'll burn a copy and send it to you when I get it.

This post was modified by rastamon on 2012-01-12 16:39:33